Vaughan Azzurri and Woodbridge Strikers refreshed their longstanding rivalry on Saturday evening, with the Azzurri coming away with a solid 4-1 victory in the second official match of the inaugural League1 Ontario Women's Division season.
Vaughan's Aisha Lewis opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before Christina Morelli notched the Azzurri's second tally just before the break. Woodbridge mounted a comeback early in the second half, signfied by a Chanel Hudson-Marks goal in the 55th minute, but Vaughan would not be deterred.
Nadya Gill and Colleen Beesley scored two goals midway through the second half to put the game away.
"The key point in the match was Nadya's first touch, which resulted in our third goal," said Vaughan head coach, Carmine Isacco. "It was tough to pick just one player from our group as the MVP, but Shannon Wood was solid defensively and set the tempo in attack from the CB position."
For her crucial saves, and steadfast presence in the net, both Isacco and Woodbridge General Manager Cesare Tripodo selected Woodbridge goalkeeper Sarah Forde as the standout Strikers player.
Tripodo pointed out some untimely breakdowns as being key to Strikers' walking away empty handed from this match.
"There were too many giveaways of the ball in midfield, and then we had to work twice as hard in the defensive zone," said Tripodo.
"We had three mistakes by key defensive players that led to easy goals for Vaughan, especially late in the first half, which allowed them to take a 2-0 lead into the dressing room. At the beginning of the second half, we came out well, started strong and scored."
Both Isacco and Tripodo lamented a lack of finishing, and stressed that fitness was a bit of an issue on the large Tim Horton's Field pitch. However, both clubs will have an opportunity to address their respective concerns in short order.
Vaughan are away to Durham United on May 30th, while Woodbridge Strikers head to the Hershey Centre to take on the North Mississauga Panthers at the Hershey Centre later that same day.